SD submits E1.2Bn funding request to Global Fund
Swaziland Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) has successfully submitted the TB-HIV funding request amounting to $92.5 million (E1186141375).
The country’s submission is in addition to a malaria one which had been submitted in March early this year.
The scope of the funding request covers both HIV and TB programmes; with a focus on adolescent girls, young women (AGYW) and key populations; HIV prevention is significantly enhanced, accounting for more than a fifth of the total budget.
The breakdown entails $47.2 million of this amount is within the Global Fund country’s allocation, $1.5 million is a matching funds request for catalytic funding to prevent HIV among AGYW; and $43.8 million was a prioritised above allocation request (PAAR).
According to CCM Executive Secretary Vulindlela Msibi the process to develop this funding request was not only smooth, but also one of the most consultative ever embarked on.
“We were able to reach out with all relevant stakeholders (government, civil society and partners) including those affected by the two diseases; such as people living with HIV, exmine workers, people who use drugs, TB survivors, ex-prisoners as well as adolescent girls and young women.
We received tremendous support from government and partners which enabled the CCM Funding Request Development Team to conduct extensive consultations with all relevant stakeholders.
We are also appreciative to the writing teams who were armed with different technical expertise and competencies. We thank their employers as well for releasing these teams for the national assignment; duration of about three months.
The teams also had to travel to Entebbe, Uganda in July for an indepth technical peer review process; where there were six countries involved and Swaziland’s draft was ranked as the best. We had a total of five consultants through the support of the UN family in Swaziland who are also part of the CCM.”
He said the CCM was working towards strengthening grant oversight with a view to improving overall grant absorption rate which currently stands at 75 per cent on average. He said they were planning on reaching higher grant performance as this will result in the desired greater impacts and outcomes avoid losing the available resources back to the Global Fund. “Swaziland is grateful to the Global Fund and we are very excited about this funding opportunity for our next funding cycle, 2018- 2021.
The funding request is tailored to material change, which is intended to be less comprehensive than full review applications. The tailored review is supposed to identify material changes that might have occurred in the country, leading to the need to revise and/or re-prioritise certain program areas funded by the Global Fund.”
In terms of the implementation arrangements, the CCM retained NERCHA as the government Principal Recipient (PR) and the CANGO as the civil society PR.
The technical review panel is expected to meet from 29 September - 6 October to review the funding request. We expect to receive feedback from the Global Fund in mid-October this year.
This will be followed by grant making (negotiation) phase. Grant signing is anticipated sometime mid next year; and to receive the first grant disbursement by September for implementation from October 1, 2018when the current grants expire in September next year.
It is also time for a new CCM as the current term expires in September 2017 (from July 2014). The new three year office tenure will be from October 2017 until 2020. It time for elections or membership renewal.
The constituencies are encouraged to conduct elections for new members during this month of September. Orientation/ induction of the new members is scheduled to take place late October (next month).
FUNDING REQUEST: CCM Executive Secretary Vulindlela Msibi.